Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Dare To Run by: Jen McLaughlin

Dare To Run is the first book in The Sons of Steel Row series.

Dare To Run is about a man named Lucas Donahue, a member of The Sons of Steel Row - a Boston Gang - that makes their money from illegal arms dealing. After his recent stint in prison, Lucas yearns for a regular life, however he knows that no one leaves the gang without permission. When he notices a rival gang attacking the feisty little bartender from the bar next door, he knows he can not sit by. 

I adored Lucas Donahue and the plot was well thought but the Heidi Greene, the feisty bartender, seemed to be unaware of what was going on. When I say this, I mean that she knew that the rival gang was going after her, threatening her life, and that Lucas is a part of the Sons. Yet, when her life was in danger she would feel this need to be independent and fight her own battles. At times it felt like Heidi did not care about her safety due to the decisions she would make and what she would say. 

I adored Lucas and the mystery that seems to surround him and his life (i.e. his brother). The plot was also rather intriguing and did draw me into the novel enough for me to finish it. I would gladly recommend this novel to everyone. 


Summary from Goodreads:
The New York Times bestselling author of the Out of Line Novels takes readers to Boston, where one gang of criminals knows how being bad can be so good...

She knows what he’s like on Boston’s mean streets. Now she’s going to find out if he’s got some heart.

Lucas Donahue is not ashamed of his criminal past, but after a brief stint in prison, he’s ready to go legit and live a normal life. The problem is, no one leaves the gang without permission—even if he is one of the boss’s top men. Plus someone’s placed a hit on him. And then there’s that feisty little bartender who’s going to cause him even more trouble.

Heidi Greene knows to keep her distance from a ladies’ man like Lucas—even if she can’t keep her eyes off him. When he rescues her from an attack in the alley outside her bar, she’s forced to stay by his side for safety. But the longer she spends time with him, the greater her chances are for getting hurt in more ways than one.

Special Thanks:
ARC was kindly provided by publisher, Berkley Publishing Group, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

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About The Author:
Jen McLaughlin is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of sexy books with Penguin Random House. Under her pen name, Diane Alberts, she is also a USA TODAY bestselling author of Contemporary Romance with Entangled Publishing. Her first release as Jen McLaughlin, Out of Line, hit the New York Times, USA TODAY and Wall Street Journal lists. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. She is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.

Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal-clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, and three cats. Her goal is to write so many well-crafted romance books that even a non-romance reader will know her name.

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